Self-Help Resources

Community Mediation - Solving Disputes Together

BEFORE YOU GO TO COURT, CONSIDER THE BENEFITS OF MEDIATION! Mediation is more satisfying and less expensive than legal action. Courts dictate solutions while mediation allows parties to take control and shape their own agreement. Mediation is a voluntary and confidential way for people in conflict to talk together to resolve their issues with the help of an impartial third party. 

Mediators are trained to listen carefully and help the participants to express and clarify their thoughts about the dispute and better understand one another. The mediators will not make any decisions for you and do not provide legal advice.

Fees are determined by a sliding scale based on household income.  No one is ever turned away due to inability to pay. Anyone who lives or works in Contra Costa County is eligible to use this service.

Most all types of disputes can be mediated. Examples: Neighbor conflicts over noise, fences, pets, vandalism, or differences in lifestyle. Co-worker grievances. Landlord/tenant/roommate issues. Real estate issues between buyers, sellers, contractors, and realtors. Homeowners' association/member disputes. Family disputes. Elder Mediation: Helps older adults express their concerns and preferences during quality of life decision making.

For more information, please call:  (925) 687-8844 x 301.


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